• Bonnie Ranvild
Speciale, Kandidatuddannelsen
Abstract: The challenges of cultural communication in late modern society – between knowledge, experience and acknowledgement.
It is the overall aim of this thesis to analyze and discuss late modern quality criteria for cultural communication and mediation. The hypothesis is that late modern circumstances have changed the way we create, view and develop such concepts as knowledge, identity, institutions, communication, aesthetic experience, acknowledgement, cultural communities, etc. These concepts are all very closely linked to cultural communication and will be discussed in the theoretical part of the thesis. One of the most used sociological explanations is Anthony Giddens’ radical reflexivity. It states that the truth of knowledge has been made relative and that both collective and individual identity are no longer permanent and static, but are considered to be a dynamic and reflective project. This affects the manner in which we organize and produce cultural knowledge and identity. The message of cultural communication has also been revised. There is no longer a conclusive cultural knowledge to present, and therefore the quality of cultural products and processes are open for discussion.
The communicational situation of cultural mediation has also changed. The traditional relationship between the sender, the message and the receiver has changed. Now the receiver is an active participant in the interpretation and even creation of the cultural product. This implies a new and radical acknowledgement of the cultural users’ participation.
Three cases have been included to bring the theoretical aspect into play. The cases represent different levels, points and developments of cultural communication. They will also be used to analyze which criteria for cultural communication are being used in actual cases. The first case deals with the present political strategy for cultural institutions and communication. The second case analyzes how a specific art institution copes with a transformation from being a modern to a late modern institution. The last case discusses the concept of participatory culture, and how this concept offers new views of criteria for cultural communication.
The final section of the thesis will go into a further discussion of criteria for cultural communication with a focus on the potentials and limitations of different ways to consider and evaluate cultural products and processes. This discussion will aspire to add new perspectives on how to view cultural communication.
Udgivelsesdato1 jul. 2011
Antal sider116
Udgivende institutionDet Informationsvidenskabelig Akademi


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